By Dr. Paresh J Thakkar, Ayurveda
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a viral infection. A report published by the WHO states that around 40 million in India are infected with Hepatitis B and another 12 million are infected with Hepatitis C.
The types of Hepatitis are-
- Hepatitis A: It is caused by Hepatitis A Virus and is transmitted through food or water containing faecal particles of an infected person.
- Hepatitis B: It is transmitted through bodily fluids of an infected person like, blood, saliva, vaginal fluid or semen, which can contain hepatitis B virus.
- Hepatitis C: It is caused by the Hepatitis C virus and is passed on through used syringes or can be sexually transmitted.
- Hepatitis D: This type of Hepatitis is linked with hepatitis B. It can only multiply in the presence of hepatitis B.
- Hepatitis E: Unhygienic sanitation and improper waste disposal that contaminate water can lead to hepatitis E disease
The liver plays an instrumental role in our digestive system and flushes out toxins. When it is infected with the virus, certain symptoms can crop up. The symptoms of hepatitis are-
- Weariness and exhaustion
- Poor appetite
- High fever with a headache and muscle ache
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Darkish urine and discoloured stool
Ayurvedic treatment for Hepatitis-
Ayurveda is an ancient Vedic practice that has been scientifically proven to help cure hepatitis. In Sanskrit, the liver is called ‘Yakrit’, which contains a humour called ‘Pitta’. Aggravation of the ‘Pitta’ leads to hepatitis. The benefit of Ayurvedic medicine is that not only does it cure hepatitis but also it does not have any adverse effect on the body.
Some forms of hepatitis, like Hepatitis B, are not fatal. However, chronic Hepatitis C can be lethal. All types of hepatitis, when detected early, can easily be cured with Ayurvedic medicine.